By the Disability.gov Team
“There are nearly 57 million individuals with disabilities in the United States, and all of them are connected to the people around them in some way. They are sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, coworkers, neighbors and friends.
Yet people with disabilities are often treated as a ‘separate’ or ‘special’ population, although the reality for most is that their lives are not segregated.
Keeping this in mind, Disability.gov (www.disability.gov), the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide, created the What’s Your Connection? initiative to commemorate the site’s 10th anniversary.
Launched on October 30, 2012, What’s Your Connection? promotes inclusion and reinforces the idea that people with disabilities, even those who don’t identify as having a disability, are not separate, but an integral part of American society.
Has disability touched your life in some way? If so, we want to know how. Disability.gov is asking people nationwide to share their stories in two ways:
- by submitting a photograph online (less than 100KB in JPG format) along with a 250-word maximum caption; or
- by uploading a captioned, one-minute YouTube video that answers the question, “What’s Your Connection?’”
To find out more about the “What’s Your Connection?” initiative, please visit their website.